If you have decided to plan a family ski vacation this year, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to ensure that the trip is a successful one.
1. Take Care in Choosing the Right Mountain.
While you may want to choose the biggest, toughest mountain there is in Canada, the truth of the matter is that your kids aren't going to have fun there. Everyone has to start somewhere – even the best skiers in the world – and that's on smaller hills and trails. Usually, smaller resorts tend to be more kid- and family-friendly, and they're less likely to drain your bank account. Take your time in finding a mountain to ski and make sure to opt for more manageable trails since this is your first ski trip as a family.
2. Keep the Weather in Mind.
Yes, it is true that you have no control over the weather, but you do have full control over how you deal with it. If the weather took a turn for the worse and you wake up to snow dumping onto the hills and bitter cold winds, then you will want to take this into account when making your ski decisions. You don't want to cause your kids to turn into little icicles and never want to go out on the mountain again. So, when the weather gets bad, go out for shorter periods of time and for shorter runs. Don't forget to take some breaks for some hot cocoa, too. At the end of the day, you may have only spent half the day on the slopes, but that's okay because everyone enjoyed it.
3. Comfort Is Crucial.
Ski gear is bulky, but it isn't meant to hurt you. It is designed to protect you. So, if your child is telling you that their boots are hurting their feet, you need to take the time to get another pair of boots. Comfort is key to a successful trip. Otherwise, your child is going to whine all day, which is going to lead to a miserable vacation. Remember, performance gear isn't necessary at this stage, as it isn't going to make you a better skier if you haven't learned how to ski properly.
4. Find a Nearby Motel.
If you aren't staying on-site at the ski lodge, then you are going to want to select a motel that isn't too far away from the resort, like perhaps a Deluxe Inn. This is to cut down on the time that you spend in the car and increase the time that you spend out on the trails. In addition, the closer the motel is, the more likely they'll have complimentary transportation to and from the hotel and mountain. Plus, staying at a nearby motel is likely going to save you some money that you can spend on souvenirs.